Somebody as soon as stated that main a bunch of individuals is like herding cats. In my expertise, managing a band is like herding a thousand rabid and delirious cats. One has to fret about funds, selling the band, reserving reveals, and managing the relationships between members. And that is all earlier than you take into account the additional duties of musicianship when the supervisor is ALSO a contributing member of the band.
Monetary administration is one thing that the majority indie bands overlook about, but it is most likely the only most vital ability to have. The whole lot revolves round cash; merchandise, cost from gigs, recording, and so on. Having the precise individual to deal with the cash, even when it’s not the primary “band manager”, is paramount to the band’s long-term success. It could be an enormous inconvenience to journey to an away gig and have to make an emergency buy, solely to seek out out the the band’s checking account is overdrawn! Even if you happen to aren’t nice with numbers, however are nonetheless dealing with the cash, there are numerous software program instruments on the market that will help you hold observe of purchases and revenue for the band.
Many bands merely promote reveals as they arrive up, however an efficient band supervisor can have a long-term and short-term plan of motion for promotional functions. This may imply scheduling interviews with radio stations or magazines, organizing giveaways for followers, or developing with printed materials and demo CDS to distribute forward of reveals in new markets to construct up a fanbase. With the arrival of the web, Twitter, and Fb, promotional duties are considerably simpler, however there are a LOT extra bands selling within the technique. It is crucial that your promotional materials be recent and distinctive so that it’ll stand out from the gang.
Reserving reveals could be a straightforward and rewarding duties, or one thing that’s completed solely since you completely should. The important thing to creating it simple is efficient contact administration. Many contact administration packages additionally will allow you to search geographically, making reserving gigs very easy since you possibly can “search nearby”. One other factor to include is an easy reserving settlement. Reserving agreements defend you from sleazy institutions that will attempt to not pay or double-book performers (each of which have personally occurred to me). It offers you an outlined settlement that’s enforceable by regulation if issues go awry.
Bands will all the time have inner drama, whether or not it is somebody’s lack of self-practice or that factor that somebody stated to another person. It is a supervisor’s job to maintain everybody pleased sufficient to not give up, however it’s additionally NOT his job to be a father or mother. Typically, it’s a must to let some issues play themselves out. Nevertheless, if a scenario seems to be affecting the well-being of the band as a complete, it is time to step in and take management, doing no matter you have to do to rectify the scenario. Simply take care and use warning to not implicitly take sides; merely act as a mediator. The reason being that you just need to construct folks’s belief in you to resolve issues and never be a foul man (even if you happen to took their facet).
A self-managed band generally is a great point if lead by the precise band member. Nevertheless, it is vital to keep in mind that your first precedence is writing nice music. When the administration duties begin to intervene with that, it is time to begin wanting round for an actual supervisor to start the method of buying a serious label deal!